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Being the most senior employee at Dow Corning’s Elizabethtown site, I was asked to share my thoughts as to what Dow Corning means to me.
I began my career at Dow Corning in March 1981, just a few months after my 21st birthday. The E’town plant would have been about 17 years old, so you could say that we have grown up together.
When I reflect on my career at Dow Corning, the first thing that comes to mind is how fast the time has gone by, sometimes I feel it’s been too fast. I feel as though the people I have worked with over the years and the ones I work with today are like family. We’ve spent a lot of time together and built friendships based on trust and caring.
When someone asks for help, whether it’s someone at Dow Corning or someone in the community who needs a helping hand, the people at Dow Corning will step up and be there for them. I have always known the people at Dow Corning to be leaders in many areas. The effort that they put forth is exactly what we have been taught on a daily basis within the walls of the plant – to give back to those less fortunate and to do it in a safe and productive manner.
Safety is something that I never gave much thought to until I started working at Dow Corning, now it’s second nature to me. I often stop myself when I am working at home and reassess as to whether I am doing the job safely. Dow Corning has instilled in me the desire to give back, by donating my time to various organizations in the community or by giving financially to those in need.
The neatest part of my job is the products that we produce at the E’town site. Our products are used all around the world on a daily basis. The science of silicone is astounding and working at Dow Corning has allowed me to be a small part of that – which makes my job enjoyable on a daily basis.
So I would say that Dow Corning has provided me with a good life. I have prospered, learned and, yes, aged with the Elizabethtown plant. Beyond that, the success Dow Corning has had in E’town, the employees who came before me and the ones currently working here will hopefully provide a job for those employees who will come after me to have the same opportunity to work for a great company.
Tommy Hatcher is a Dow Corning employee.